Meaning of RAG in English
transcription, транскрипция: [ ræg ]
A rag is a piece of old cloth which you can use to clean or wipe things.
He was wiping his hands on an oily rag.
Rags are old torn clothes.
There were men, women and small children, some dressed in rags.
People refer to a newspaper as a rag when they have a poor opinion of it. ( INFORMAL )
‘This man Tom works for a local rag,’ he said.
N-COUNT [ disapproval ]
see also ragged
You use rags to riches to describe the way in which someone quickly becomes very rich after they have been quite poor.
His was a rags-to-riches story and people admire that.
If you describe something as a red rag to a bull , you mean that it is certain to make a particular person or group very angry. ( mainly BRIT )
This sort of information is like a red rag to a bull for the tobacco companies.
PHRASE : v-link PHR , like PHR
Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне. 2006